Mulatto Saga Opens to a Full House at a Sherman Oaks Theatre
A packed house of audience members in a Sherman Oaks 99-seat theatre shed tears, chuckled and burst into laughter as the one woman show Mulatto Saga progressed from the Nazi invasion of France and the Jim Crow South to hip hop and the modern day dating life of its star Juliette Fairley.
Directed by Award Winning Filmmaker Charles Burnett and associate produced by Promoter Marc Gaspard, The Mulatto Saga featured a French woman's reaction to her husband's African American culture and their bi-racial daughter's boyfriends, including a C-list hip hop star with kinky hair, a Jamaican with a marijuana habit, a Frenchman with a penchant for threesomes, a Brad Pitt look a like who requires blond hair in his black girlfriends and an El DeBarge look-a-like who prefers men.
A psychological family and romantic thriller is how patrons chatted up the show during the reception following the performance, where several celebrities were spotted, including Actor Tommy Hicks (She's Gotta Have It), Playwright Levy Lee Simon, New Federal Theatre Producer Woodie King, Filmmaker Charles Burnett (The Wedding) and Spike Lee Producer Marjorie Kilpatrick.
Carole Foster, who attended the opening with her 10 year old daughter and friend Maxine, said, "I really enjoyed it. I found that it was deep and sensitive."
The talented Miss Fairley wrote the play and performs all characters perfectly with a distinctive twist. The play was pleasant, engaging and enlightening with several unexpected psychological surprises.
"It's an inside look into a dysfunctional interracial family, which is what attracted me to direct the play. Juliette was magnificent," said Burnett who, at the after party, was flanked by Actor Tommy Hicks and Producer Woodie King.
Impersonating her French mother, Miss Fairley's Parisian accent was realistic and authentic throughout the 90 minute production. It is Miss Fairley's 3rd one woman show. The first was Mulatto's Dilemma and the second was The Making of a Mulatto.
"Mulatto Saga continues where the Making of a Mulatto left off. It focuses on rocky aspects of my romantic life as a result of having to please a black mother and a white father because you can't please one without disappointing the other," said Fairley at the reception following her performance.
Subsequent performances on September 12, October 3 and November 7 will take place at a theatre in West Hollywood. In October 2010, the show will open simultaneously in Manhattan at the Richmond Shepard Theatre. For location and advance tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.